Gunfighter List

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John Hale – A gunman and foreman of the Manning Ranch near EI Paso, Texas. After killing Gus Krempkau in 1881, he was shot and killed by Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire.

Caleb Hall, aka The Prowler, John Collins, Sam Collins – A former John Kinney Gang member, he fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. Afterward, he joined Selman’s Scouts, a vicious gang that terrorized the county. He died of natural causes at Cripple Creek, Colorado, on March 12, 1935.

James Hanna – A gunman, he was shot on March 17, 1883, in Middle Camp, New Mexico.

Bill Hardin – A gunman and first cousin to John Wesley Hardin, he was lynched by a mob after killing a man near Engle, New Mexico, in the 1880s.

John Wesley Hardin

John Wesley “Wes” Hardin (1853-1895) – Known as Texas’ most deadly gunman, Hardin killed over thirty people. After spending 18 years in prison, he was shot and killed on August 19, 1895, by John Henry Selman.

Albert Harmon – A gunman, he killed Tomas Salazar in January 1908 at Springer, New Mexico.

James Harris – A gunman and former lawman, he was killed while dueling Bob Majors at Santa Cruz, California, in the 1880s.

Edward Hart – A former John Kinney Gang member, he fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. Afterward, he joined Selman’s Scouts, a vicious gang that terrorized the county. He was shot and killed by John Selman in Lincoln County in September 1878 for allegedly attempting to assume the role of a gang leader.

George Hawks – A gunman, he shot and killed John M. Berry on January 18, 1887, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Charles Helm – A gunman and cowboy, he was shot and killed by Billie McCauley in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1882 after arguing about whether to drive cattle fast or slow.

Jack Helm (??-1873) – Confederate soldier, cowboy, gunfighter, and lawman, who served as the Texas State Police Force captain during reconstruction and fought in the Sutton-Taylor Feud. Jim Taylor and John Wesley Hardin killed him in July 1873.

Fernando Herrera – Fought with the Regulators in the Lincoln County War of New Mexico. He survived the conflict and died at Alamogordo, New Mexico, in the 1930s.

Bill Heslett – A gunman and rancher in Grant County, New Mexico, Bill and brother, Ike, ambushed and killed two notorious Tombstone, Arizona outlaws named Billy Leonard and Harry Head on June 12, 1881, who were attempting to take over their ranch. In retaliation, Bill and Ike were killed by a mob of outlaws ten days later in Eureka, New Mexico, on June 22.

Isaac “Ike” Heslett – A gunman and rancher in Grant County, New Mexico, Ike and his brother, Bill, ambushed and killed two notorious Tombstone, Arizona outlaws named Billy Leonard and Harry Head on June 12, 1881, who were attempting to take over their ranch. In retaliation, Bill and Ike were killed by a mob of outlaws ten days later in Eureka, New Mexico, on June 22.

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok (1837-1876) – Marshal in Abilene and Hays City, Kansas. Better known as a gunfighter; involved in the McCanles Massacre in 1861and the Hickok-Tutt Shootout in 1865. Killed by Jack McCall in Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1876.

John Calhoun Pinckney “Pink” Higgens (1848-1914) – Quick on the trigger, Higgens was Involved in the Horrell-Higgins Feud and, during his lifetime, was said to have killed between 14-18 men.

George W. Hill – A gunman, he shot and killed two men named Pooler and Juan Romero.

Tom Hill, aka Tom Chelson  – A member of Jesse Evans Gang during New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. He was killed by a sheep-herder near Tularosa, New Mexico, on March 9, 1878.

Henry Hoges – A gunman, he was arrested for the March 1883 murder of John Byers.

John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1851-1887) – Deputized by Virgil Earp in Tombstone, Arizona to help stop the Clanton Gang’s crimes, culminating with a gunfight at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in October 1881. He died of tuberculosis in Colorado in 1887.

Tuck Hoover (18??-1894?) – Tuck Hoover was a south Texas rancher who was a difficult man that made a reputation as a gunfighter. Good friends with Dallas Stoudenmire, the two were in one gunfight together.

John Horan; aka: Pete – A gunman and miner, he was hanged in 1863.by Sheriff Henry Plummer in Montana for murder.

Tom Horn, aka James Hicks (1860-1903) – Born in Memphis, Missouri on November 21, 1860, Horn’s father was a strict disciplinarian, and Tom ran away at the age of 14, heading west. By the time he was 15, he was an army scout and involved in many campaigns for more than a decade, including Geronimo’s surrender in 1886.  In 1890, he joined the Pinkerton Agency Agency and tracked down dozens of outlaws, and killed 17 men using his gun with lethal effectiveness.

Painting the Town Red

“Painting The Town Red”

Benjamin Horrell (18??-1873) – Benjamin Horrell was a gunman and one of five rowdy Horrell brothers of Lampasas County, Texas. He was involved in several shoot-outs and was killed in Lincoln, New Mexico spawning the Horrell War of Lincoln County.

John Horrell (18??-1870) – Another cowboy, gunman, and the oldest of the six rowdy Horrell brothers, John made his way to Las Cruces, New Mexico, before his younger brothers got involved in the gunfights and feuds they became known for. However, John was also a gunfighter and was the first of the brothers to die.

Martin “Mart” Horrell (18??-1878) – Cattleman and gunman, Mart was one of the five violent Horrell brothers who created chaos in Texas and New Mexico. He served in Terry’s Texas Rangers during the Civil War, afterward returning to the family ranch in Lampasas, Texas. On March 19, 1873, he was involved in the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight, in which four Texas State police officers were killed, and Mart was wounded. He was soon arrested and held in the Georgetown, Texas jail. However, he and his friends were busted out of jail by his brothers, and they soon fled to Lincoln County, New Mexico. After brother Benjamin was killed on December 1, 1873, while resisting arrest, the brothers retaliated in what has become known as the Horrell War of Lincoln County. Mart and his remaining brothers returned to Texas in early 1874, where they became embroiled in the Horrell-Higgins Feud in 1877. The following year, he and his brother, Tom, were jailed in Meridian, Texas, as suspects for a robbery/murder. On December 15, 1878, the jail was besieged by a vigilante mob who shot and killed both brothers.

Merritt Horrell (18??-1877) – Yet another of the five violent Horrell brothers, Merritt was present at the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight and broke brother Mart out of jail in Georgetown, Texas. He fled to Lincoln County, New Mexico, where he was also involved in the Horrell War with his other brothers. After the brothers return to Texas, Pink Higgins filed an official complaint in May 1876, accusing Merritt of taking one of his calves. Though the case went to trial, Merritt was found not guilty, and Higgins promised Merritt that he would settle the matter later with his gun. Pink’s threat was not an idle one. On January 22, 1877, while Merritt was in a Lampasas saloon, Higgins slipped in through the back door and shot Merritt, who fell to the floor. Though wounded, Merritt stood up, and Higgins shot him again. Once more on the floor, Higgens pumped two more shots into the dying man.

Samuel “Sam” Horrell (18??-1836) – Another of the five rowdy Horrell brothers, Sam was a farmer and not as disposed to violence as his other brothers. H served in Terry’s Texas Rangers during the Civil War. Though he was not present at the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight, he did help to bust his brother out of jail and accompanied the rest to Lincoln County, New Mexico. When the clan returned to Texas, he was involved in the Horrell-Higgins Feud and was present on June 14, 1877, during the  Lampasas Square Shoot Out. Oregon in 1882 and died in California in 1936.

Thomas W. Horrell (18??-1878) – One of the five violent Horrell brothers, Tom was involved in virtually every conflict of the rowdy clan. After serving with brothers Sam and Mart with Terry’s Texas Rangers during the Civil War, he returned to Lampasas. He got into his first dispute with Pink Higgens during a joint cattle drive to Abilene in 1872. In Abilene, the pair got into a dispute that very nearly erupted in gunfire. He was present at the Lampasas Saloon Gunfight and broke brother Mart out of jail in Georgetown, Texas. He fled to Lincoln County, New Mexico, where he was also involved in the Horrell War with his other brothers. After returning to Lampasas, he was actively involved in the Horrell-Higgins Feud and the Lampasas Square Shoot Out. In 1878, he and his brother, Mart, were jailed in Meridian, Texas, as suspects for a robbery/murder. The jail was besieged by a vigilante mob who shot and killed both brothers.

Temple L. Houston – A gunman, Texas state senator, and son of Texas governor Sam Houston, he killed Ed Jennings in Woodward, Oklahoma. He was tried and acquitted of murder. He died in Woodward, Oklahoma, on August 15, 1905.

Joe Howard – A gunman in Lincoln County, New Mexico, in 1877, killed Chihuahua, a Cherokee Indian.

Bennett Howell – A gunman and cowboy, he and two other men were killed by Billy the Kid on June 5, 1881, at John Chisum’s ranch in New Mexico.

George R. Hoyt – A gunman and cowboy, he was shot by Wyatt Earp while “hurrahing” Dodge City, Kansas. His arm was amputated, and he died.

John Hudgens – A gunman, he shot and killed Louis Montjeau in January 1885 at White Oaks, New Mexico.

Hugh Hudson – A Peacock gunman in the late 1860s Lee-Peacock feud in Texas. He was shot and killed after he was accused of killing a man.

James Hurley – A member of the John Kinney Gang during New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. He died of heart trouble in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on August 16, 1910.

Johnny Hurley – A gunfighter and member of the Seven Rivers Warriors who fought in New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. He survived the war and a deputy under Lincoln County Sheriff William Poe. As the pair were tracking an outlaw by the name of Nicholas Aragon in Chaperito, New Mexico, he was killed in a gunfight on January 25, 1886.

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